Nurses sound alarm on social media, as health authorities call for calm and accuracy|CBC News
A growing chorus of British Columbian nurses are requiring to social media to alert individuals to stay house, however health authorities say while the calls are well-intentioned, not all claims are precise and can stir worry.
In various social media posts, nurses ask individuals to remain house, others urge anyone with access to masks, gloves or gowns, to email their health authority. Nurses say they require people to take the coronavirus hazard more seriously.Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix assured the general public Monday, stating medical supply scarcities were not, as yet, a concern. They both also highlighted the need to stay house to protect health-care workers as the variety of unique coronavirus cases in the province hit 472 on Monday. Thirteen individuals have passed away. Health officials say hunkering down at home is the very best action to stop the pathogen’s
spread so it does not increase and overwhelm health-care systems. A call to action On Saturday, Jenny O’Mahoney went survive on Facebook and advised watchers in an emotional plea,
to “remain home.”
O’Mahoney, a Vancouver nurse on maternity leave, states what she’s speaking with associates who are at Vancouver General Medical Facility has her really concerned.”There is a really genuine opportunity that I will be recalled from my maternity leave– and after that I need to choose whether it’s safe for me to come
home to my children. I have good friends sleeping in their garages due to the fact that they don’t want to go home,”said O’Mahoney in the live feed upon March 21 shared thousands of times.”I’m in fact shaking … I’m asking you to stay at home. ” Another lady, who identified
herself as a nurse at Surrey Memorial Health center, likewise sounded an alert.”We are seeing a great deal of individuals stroll through these doors with COVID-19 symptoms, “the female states. “We have a lot of people in vital care presently at the medical facility.
Our wards are getting full.”‘ Does not reflect the situation accurately ‘But Dixon Tam, a spokesperson for Fraser Health informed CBC
that the Surrey Memorial nurse’s
call to action– though well-intentioned– was incorrect and mistaken. Tam said emergency clinic gos to at the health center are at an “all-time low”in the past 5 years, adding the healthcare facility is presently at
90 percent tenancy.”It’s an unfortunate video that doesn’t reflect the circumstance accurately,”he wrote in an e-mail.”We are sorry for that she felt she required to share this, as it has negative effects by developing worry in the communities and she shared info without validating her information.” When ought to you go to the healthcare facility and other concerns responded to here: Christine Sorensen, the president of the B.C. Nurses Union, said these nurses are sharing issues currently shared by thousands of nurses across the province– but emphasized the requirement for information shared on
social media to be accurate.”I’m asking each of our members at this time to refrain from publishing public messages of this nature, even if they are intended to reinforce the message of the public health officer,”Sorensen said. Sorensen stated nurses and other health-care workers have actually been working with the Ministry of Health to make certain healthcare facilities have sufficient space when required. “My message to all nurses is this: please concentrate on your clients and supplying the best quality patient care you can and let
the provincial health officer focus on the message to the general public.”If you have a COVID-19-related story we must pursue that impacts British Columbians, please email us
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